Do not let society marginalize your ideas

Moving to college, especially for first-year students, means that old, favorable routines will be disrupted. Fortunately, in order to combat these challenges, Huber Hall makes it feel as if you are living in a kibbutz.

There is a learning curve that comes with living on a 31-resident floor — which eventually becomes your home — but for some people, there is an anxiety that manifests when this happens. It can be difficult to find those five minutes of privacy to yourself when all you’re looking to do is decompress from your day.

To initiate this proposal, it is important to recognize the current renaissance with the birth of modern technology. The demographic of the student body is the generation that has been impacted the most by this evolution. Despite similarities among us, there is a division on our ideology of technology usage.

Some of us grew up fully immersed in technology while some of us did not have a phone until we entered puberty. I am not ashamed to be a part of the latter group, but I have recognized that people, who had an upbringing of less technology, think of themselves as more “sophisticated,” when in reality it means he or she had a more simplistic childhood.

Historically, these differing environments shape us as adolescents, and mold us into who we later become. Now, we are the first generation that is being tailored to live a professional life soaked in technology, which is why I have decided to let go of old ways, and join the future.

I only have concerns on this issue because I have frequently received comments about my religious use of headphones while I use the restroom. Disregarding the low-hanging fruit commentary from fellas on the floor, personally, I use them for listening to my music.

It is an experience that everyone should try once in their life, similar to marriage. After I received my first pair of headphones, I began advocating for the standardization of headphones in the restroom. When using them to relieve myself, I feel as if my dopamine levels amplify the same way that drugs are designed to make a human feel.

The noise from your music collection, TV shows or podcasts blockades the nasty noises of not only oneself, but the other people in the bathroom as well. This introvert action should not be frowned upon, privacy is the whole point of stalls in the bathroom.

Wiping away any possible excuse about being judged, the welcoming community —instilled in the people of Gettysburg College — should be more open-minded to ideas that may come off as different at first, like headphones in the bathroom. I know this student body embodies innovation, so next time you have an idea, shoot your shot.

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